Saturday, May 8, 2010

Two Liberal MPs Push for CCSVI Assessment and Treatment

In case you missed it in yesterday's Globe and Mail:

Then I replied to a comment from someone who works in health care imaging who said that testing MSers would be too expensive:
Dwight Winger, do the math: I would guess that, on average, each MS patient costs the health care system (Medicare or Insurance or patient-paid) $30,000 to $50,000 per year, and that doesn't take into account the economic losses related to MSers being unable to work, much less the tremendous toll on their quality of life. This is an investment with a potentially huge return in reduced cost to the health care system.

While I recognize that we can't diagnose 70,000 people in a short period of time (because of equipment, because of lack of expertise in diagnosing CCSVI), saying that we should therefore not do anything about getting geared up to do it makes no sense at all.

I went to Poland to be diagnosed and "liberated". It would have been nice if I could have at least been diagnosed before I went, but I understand that these things take time. What I would not understand (or accept) is that fellow MSers would still have no Canadian options five years from now. That wouldn't just be stupid, it would be inhumane.

1 comment:

  1. CURA UT VALEAS, that's my motto these days. It's Latin for Take Care of Yourself (in reference to health)and because it's Latin, it makes me feel smart. Sadly, taking care of yourself is what all MS'ers like me have to do for now. We'll fight the good fight so all MS patients can get testing and treatment for CCSVI, but we cannot just wait for this to happen. I'm off to India next week for my 'Liberation' and I know that I am privileged to be able to do so. This will NOT stop me from fighting to get CCSVI testing and treatment for all Canadians in our home country.